I visited Japan for the very first time in 2008. We dedicated our first visit to Tokyo and that was enough to keep us busy. When I went back to Japan for the second time, I went to Tokyo again, but this time, adding other cities that are not too far away from Tokyo on the itinerary, such as Kamakura, Enoshima, and Hakone. These three places are along the same route on the Odakyu Line, which means that you don’t have to spend too much time travelling from one place to another. To get an estimate of how much this 5 days 5 nights trip might cost you, refer to the costing section at the end of the post.
Our route by train at a glance is as follows:
Day 1 – Shinjuku Station to Fujisawa Station (1 hour). Fujisawa (藤沢, Station OE 13 on the Odakyuo Map below) is the main transfer hub for getting around Kamakura, Enoshima and Hakone. Check in and leave luggages at the hotel. Then take train from Fujusawa Station to Hase Station (15 minutes) to explore Kamakura.
Day 2 – Fujisawa Station to Enoshima (10 minutes on Odakyu Line 0r 25 minutes on the nostalgic Enoden train). At the end of the day after you have explored Enoshima, travel from Enoshima –> Fujisawa (pick up your luggages) –> Odawara Station (小田原 ，Station OH 47, 1 hour 40 minutes) –> to hotel in Hakone. You can use Odakyu’s Fare/Transfer Search here to see the schedule of the train. Do note there is one transfer at Sagami Ono (相模大野，Station OH28). Purchase a Hakone Pass at Odawara for transport for the next 3 days.
Day 3 Hakone
Day 4 Hakone
Day 5 Hakone to Gotemba Outlet mall for shopping via Hakone Yumoto Station /箱根湯本 (1 hour by bus, total 2 hours to and fro). Hakone back to Shinjuku Station (1 hour 25 minutes by express train “Romance Car”). Please also leave some travelling time to go back to the hotel to pick up your luggage from the hotel.
Find out more about travelling from Hakone to Gotemba –> here. The Hakone Pass is inclusive of the bus ticket to Gotemba.
Useful Transportation Information to note :
1. Shinjuku Station, Fujisawa Station, Odawara Station are all on the Odakyu train line (小田急線).
For Day 1 to Day 3, you don’t have to reserve any of these tickets when you travel as you can purchase them from a kiosk on the day itself. Here is a good guide on how to purchase the tickets from the kiosk from Odakyu.jp.
See the Odakyu Train Map Below. Click here –> for a clearer PDF Version of the map.
2. When you travel within Fujisawa, Kamakura and Enoshima, local train tickets can be purchased at the station as required. See the train map of Kamakura below to travel within the area. You may travel also by Enoden ([江ノ電]) if you love vintage trains. See http://www.japan-guide.com/ to find out more information for travelling within the area.
3. On day Day 5 you should reserve the express train “RomanceCar” for the Shinjuku<->Hakone route prior to travelling. The tickets can be purchased up to one month ahead from here http://www.odakyu.jp/english/romancecar/. (Think of it as buying train ticket on the ETS train for KL to Ipoh, you’ll need allocated seat to travel by train). Alternatively, you may also take the local train with more stops along the way; this journey takes about 2 hours.
Day 1 : Shinjuku Station to Fujisawa Station (near Kamakura) by train ( 1 hour ).
We first checked into Tokyo Inn Shonan Kamakura Fujisawa-eki Kita Kuchi to leave our luggages there. The hotel is extremely close, within 5 minutes walking distance from the Fujisawa Station. We then travelled to Hase Station (15 minutes train ride from Fujisawa Station). From there, we spent the day walking around Kamakura.
The beautiful beach side city was once the capital of Japan that was partially ruled by a shogunate military government. Some might also know it from the comic Slam Dunk because Kamakura is the place where the scenes are set in the comic. The temple we visited included the Hasedera (Hase Temple), Kotoukuin housing the Great Buddha and Tsurogaoka Hachimangu. Find out more about these temples from here –> Day Trip in Kamakura.
Day 2 : Fujisawa Station –> Enoshima by train (about 15 minutes).
Enoshima is an island that was once tormented by a dragon (according to legend) so you’ll see lots of dragon statues around the island. The food on the island is AMAZING !! To name a few – you must try the freshly grilled seafood, squid crackers pressed as thin as paper and ikan bilis sashimi (shirasu) ! Until today, I still can’t forget the moment when I saw a shirasu gunkan was dished in front of me, when the shirasu was so clear and transparent.
The island is very easy to go around because there is only one road. The road takes you up to the peak and down again, seeming many gorgeous sceneries and serene shrines along the way. You could also purchase the Enopass to get access to the escalator if you do not wish to walk and climb too much stairs.
For more information and more pictures, see –> Day Trip in Enoshima.
It should take you about 3/4 of a day to go around the island, which will give the rest of the day to travel to Hakone by train, the train station to stop at is Odawara (小田原) (1 hour 30 minutes). Please note this train route is Enoshima –> Fujisawa –> change train at Sagami Ono 相模大野 –> Odawara . At this point, purchase the Hakone 3 Day Free Pass for Day 3, Day 4 and Day 5 (4500 Yen),which will cover your transportation, and some attraction discounts for the next 3 days in Hakone. Find out more about Hakone Free Pass here –> japan-guide.com.
For our hotel, we stayed in Fuji Hakone Guest House. It’s a classic Japanese ryokan with tatami floors and futons that I would recommend. There are both indoor and outdoor onsens at the guest house; not huge onsens, but adequate. To get to the guest house from Odwara, take the “T” line bus towards Togendai (桃源台) from bus lane #4 at Odawara station bus terminal. The bus goes directly to “Senkyoro-mae(仙鄉樓前)” bus stop. It takes about 50 minutes. Please note that the last bus leaves Odawara station to “Senkyoro-mae” bus stop is at 8:35 p.m.
Day 3 – Full Day at Hakone
Visit Owakudani via Hakone Ropeway & sail like a pirate on the Lake Ashi Cruise. The Hakone free pass will cover bus rides within Hakone and the cost of these 2 attractions. To get to Hakone Ropeway, take the bus to Togendai-G0 Station (桃源台港).
Owakudani is one of the stations along the Hakone Ropeway. At a height of 1044 m, the fuming volcanic valley offers stunning view of Mount Fuji. Don’t miss out the black eggs cooked in sulphric onsen in the area. The eggs are also known as longevity eggs as they are supposed to prolong life by 7 years for every egg you eat.
Once you have visited Owakudani, you can take the ropeway back again to Togendai for the Lake Ashi Cruise. The cruise departs every 40 minutes.
Here is a Hakone map for reference. Please click here to print or for a clearer version of the map.
On day 4, we visited three museums. The Hakone Open Air Museum (箱根彫刻の森美術館), the Hakone Venetian Glass Museum (箱根ガラスの森) and the Little Prince Museum (星の王子さまミュージアム). The compounds of the museums are so beautifully built that before we even got to any exhibits, we were already fascinated by the compound. These instagram-worthy museums also have an European vibe and for a second we thought we were in Europe instead of Japan.
When the Hakone Open Air Museum first opened in 1969, it was the first of its kind in Japan. Art pieces and sculptures are all displayed in a fantastic 70,000 m2 outdoor space. Find out more about the museum from its Official Website.
The Little Prince Museum showcases the life stories of the author of the Little Prince – Anotine De Saint Exupery. Once you enter the compound, don’t be surprised if you find yourself walking as if on the streets of Paris, or as if strolling about in a provencal village. Find out more about the museum from its Official Website.
The Hakone Venetian Glass Museum exhibits some of the most delicate glassware. The compound again is a beautiful space to walk about with the gardens being decorated by glass. Find out more about the Hakone Venetian Glass Museum from its official website here.
Day 5 – Full Day Shopping at Gotemba Premioum Outlet. After Shopping, go back to Hotel, pick up luggage, and back to Tokyo. Check into Shinjuku Washington Hotel.
Gotemba Premium Outlet is beautifully located at the base of Mount Fuji and it is about an hour from Hakone Yumoto Station by bus. The 3 day Hakone Pass covers the bus fare. Find out about the bus schedule –> here. The outlet is also easily reached from Tokyo, about 1.5 hours away. Some brands at the outlet include Salvatore Ferragamo, Vivenne Westwood, Coach, Armani and Anna Sui. See the outlet’s complete listing if brands here.
TOTAL COST (not inclusive of flight ticket)
Transport (per person)
Shinjuku to Fujisawa: 890 Yen
Train travel within Fujisawa, Kamakura and Enoshima for 2 days : 760 Yen (estimate).
Fujisawa to Odawara Station : 780
Hakone 3 Day Pass : 4500 Yen
Hakone to Shinjuku by Romance Car : 2080 Yen
Total : 9010 Yen.
Entrance Fee (per person)
Hasedera : 300 Yen
Tsurugaoka Hachimangu : 0 Yen (Didn’t go in as it was almost closing).
Kotokuin : 200
Hakone Open Air Museum : 1600 Yen
Little Prince Museum : 1500 Yen
Hakone Glass Museum : 1500
Total : 5100 Yen
Food (per person)
About 2300 Yen per day
Total : 2300 yen x 5 = 11500
Hotel (For Two People)
Toyoko Inn Shonan Kamakura Fujisawa-eki Kita-gushiShonan : 1 night x 10044 Yen = 10044 Yen
Fuji Hakone Guest House : 3 nights x 10000 = 30000 Yen
Shinjuku Washington Hotel : 1 night x 10300 = 10300 Yen (booked early with 30% discount)
Total Hotel For Two = 50344 Yen
Total Hotel Per Pax = 50344/2 = 25172
Grand Total (per person) = 9010 + 5100 + 11500 + 25172 = 50782 Yen.
Grand Total in MYR = RM 1984 for a 5 days 5 nights Kamakura, Enoshima and Hakone Trip.
**From Yen to MYR, using 1Yen = 0.0391 (updated at Jan 2017)